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Learn all about nature’s hot tub

Hot springs are a natural phenomenon that are equal parts relaxing and fun. So we’re going to teach you everything you need to know to have a funlaxing time at the Takhini Hot Springs.

01 Facts

Hot springs. What’s their deal anyway?

A hot spring is a spring produced when geothermally heated groundwater rises from the Earth's crust. Which is good to know, but the most important thing to note is that our hot springs are the ideal temperature for relaxing. So you don’t have to worry about ending up like a lobster.

The Takhini Hot Springs have been known to the Indigenous communities in the Yukon for centuries. And as far back as 1907, settlers were touting their mineral-rich waters for their therapeutic value. The first pool was made of wood and canvas in 1940. Thankfully, pool technology has come a long way since then.

02 Etiquette

Hot Spring Etiquette

When you reach the Takhini Hot Springs, there are a few things you should know before you take the plunge. Be sure to bring a swimsuit, clean poolside footwear, and a towel for when you're finished. But don’t worry, you can rent gear if you happen to forget yours at home. 

If you’re really adventurous, you could visit Takhini in the wintertime. The northern lights look their best when you can view them from the steaming water. And if you plan that trip for February, you could even take part in the International Hair Freezing Contest. 
 

03 Safety

Hot Spring Safety

Here are a few simple rules that will help you relax during your time at the hot springs:

  • Take breaks - all this relaxation can make you tired, no really
  • Heart conditions beware - exposure to the heat can put stress on your cardiovascular system, so soak with caution
  • Health conditions beware – if you are pregnant, have low blood pressure, or diabetes be mindful of how you are feeling while in the hot springs. 
  • Drink water – we recommend drinking ½ to 1 litre of water per hour spent in the hot springs to prevent dehydration. 
  • Eat smart - for best results eat an hour or two before you take that dip
  • Don’t get too pruney - it’s kind of gross
     
04 Location

That’s cool and all but, like, where is it?

Takhini Hot Springs is only 28 kilometres (18 miles) from downtown Whitehorse. And you can get there by taking the Alaska Highway, the North Klondike Highway and the Takhini Hotsprings Road. Each of these roads are paved and open year-round. Best of all, the trip only takes about 25 minutes whether you’re heading from downtown Whitehorse or the airport. Which means it won’t be long before you’re soaking up the local culture.

05 Accommodations

It’s so relaxing I never want to leave.

The good news is, you don’t have to leave. The Takhini Hot Springs campground is open year round. Plus there’s a hostel on site, in case you’d like your accommodations to have a little more roof. And when you’re done with the Hot Springs, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve is just down the road. So, whether it’s a day trip or a multi-day adventure, start planning your visit to the Takhini Hot Springs.

Takhini Hot Springs

Takhini Hot Springs

Takhini Hot Springs

Takhini Hotsprings

Takhini Hot Springs